BOONSBORO - Rachel McVey is more than happy to share her knowledge of personal protection in a four-week class under way at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Lappans Road.
Supervisor for security at the Frederick County Courthouse, McVey reveals that she was a victim of sexual assault when she was 15. She has a professional and personal interest in the subject.
The first thing she told the 20-plus class members on opening night was that self-defense is not about fighting. Rather, it is about safety, protection and avoiding physical contact, McVey told the class.
Adult and adolescent females make up the bulk of the class, although one husband was in attendance.
"In this day and age, everyone needs to protect themselves," said Barb Camp of Keedysville.
Her husband, Craig Camp, joined so he and his wife could learn the techniques together.
Six girls from Cadette Girl Scout Troop 81312 in Myersville, Md., also are attending the free sessions, which began April 1 and are continuing each Tuesday through April 22 at 7 p.m.